19 days in Alaska Itinerary

19 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive
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McCarthy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Kenai Fjords National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
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Anchorage

— 4 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Step out of Anchorage to go to Whittier and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage travel planning site.

San Francisco to Anchorage is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Anchorage due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Anchorage at 57°F and lows at 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to McCarthy.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

McCarthy

— 3 nights
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): trek along Root Glacier Trail and then go deep underground at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Wild Alpine - Day Tours.

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Traveling by car from Anchorage to McCarthy takes 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Anchorage in September: high temperatures in McCarthy hover around 52°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in McCarthy

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Seward

— 4 nights

Alaska Starts Here

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get lost in a book at Seward Community Library & Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seward road trip site.

You can drive from McCarthy to Seward in 9.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Seward when traveling from McCarthy in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Kenai Fjords National Park.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Kenai Fjords National Park

— 2 nights

Where Mountains, Ice, and Ocean Meet

Mountains, ice, and sea all converge in dramatic fashion at Kenai Fjords National Park.
Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Fox Island and then explore the striking landscape at Pederson Glacier.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kenai Fjords National Park sightseeing planning website.

Kenai Fjords National Park is very close to Seward. In September in Kenai Fjords National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 1 night
The 2.43 million hectares (6 million acres) of Denali National Park include low taiga forest, high-alpine tundra, and snowcapped mountains, all of which lead up to Mt.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then shop like a local with Wild about Denali. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Kenai Fjords National Park to Denali National Park and Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Kenai Fjords National Park in September, Denali National Park and Preserve is little chillier at night with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 23rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Fairbanks Ice Museum, then make a trip to Santa Claus House, then deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and finally view the masterpieces at University of Alaska Museum of the North.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September in Fairbanks, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Shopping · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

4.6
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.

Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve travel guide

4.7
World heritage site · National Parks · Hiking Trails
America's Largest National Park
The glaciers and icefields of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve continue to shape its landscape, which stretches from cloud-shrouded peaks to the waters of the Gulf of Alaska. The park's 53,320 sq km (20,587 sq mi) area is larger than Switzerland, while 5,489 m (18,008 ft) Mt. St. Elias stands as the second-highest peak in the United States. The park is far from other mainstream Alaska attractions, so it offers visitors the chance to really experience "Wild Alaska," including massive glaciers and ice-fed rivers. The mountains, meadows, forests, rivers, lakes, and coast serve up plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, rafting, mountaineering, hunting, and sea kayaking. The park prides itself on offering plenty of genuine wilderness and therefore limits the facilities it offers, so you'll need to be prepared with supplies.